Monday, November 26, 2012
Here's a look at the local businesses Patch readers told us we should write about.
We asked, and you answered. Instead of us picking which Dearborn businesses to feature on the pages of Patch this holiday season, we asked readers to help us decide. They responded with 20 nominations—everything from coffee shops and restaurants to barbers and bookstores. One thing was clear from every nomination: Dearborn residents love their local businesses. One reader said they "Could spend the day, and my entire paycheck" at Rodegher's Used Books or Material Girls (check out features we've run on the bookstore and the fabric shop on Patch) Another reader had glowing things to say about PostNet Dearborn: "Lynne Killion and her crew are top notch...they're friendly, knowledgeable, and have a wide variety of promotional products that …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24—so tell us which places we can't pass up in our coverage.
Patch is a place where users decide what's important to their community, so why should we tell you which local businesses to pay attention to? Instead, you tell us. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24, and in honor of the celebration of shopping small, we want you to spend the week deciding which businesses should be featured in Dearborn Patch this holiday season. Here's how: You have until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 24 to make your voice heard. Restaurants, services, shops—they're all fair game, as long as they're local. When all is said and done, we'll take the top 5 vote-getters, dig a little deeper and feature one per week every Sunday in December.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The experts at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn can help you pick out the perfect beverage for Thanksgiving and beyond.
Everyone knows turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes have a place on the Thanksgiving table. But what about the beverages? Whether it's dinner with the family on Turkey Day or attending a swanky holiday party, the perfect alcoholic beverage pairings are essential. Choosing what to bring or serve is the difficult part. At Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, owner John Lossia and cicerone Annette May are there to help. "Choose a wine not based on the food, but on the people," Lossia says of picking a holiday pairing. "Sometimes people get too into matching. "The people are the holiday—it's just a time to drink wine, and a lot of it," he adds. For holiday parties, Lossia recommends serving a variety of wines to please all guests' palettes, and …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The giveaways will happen Nov. 18-24 in Dearborn and Heights businesses.
Dearborn consumers will have a big reason to shop small within the next week: a chance to win one of 160 $25 giftcards, handed out by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has been selected as one of 50 local partners with American Express and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote Small Business Saturday—a nationwide campaign to spur business for local merchants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. American Express created the concept in 2010 to help small businesses get more exposure between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on that day. This year, Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 24. And starting Nov. 18, the Dearborn chamber will …
Heading up to Small Business Saturday, show your favorite locales some social media love.
You know how to get to your favorite Dearborn small businesses, where to park and what hours they're open. But did you know they're on Facebook? Small businesses use Facebook to show off new merchandise, run contests and even answer customer questions. So give them some online love, too, this holiday season. Here's a list of links to some of Dearborn's small businesses' Facebook pages. Other good resources: Did we miss your favorite? Add it in the comments!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Henry Hotel's signature restaurant strives to please all palettes—from toddlers to connoisseurs.
A child in a booster seat nibbles at a grilled cheese sandwich with mom and dad, while a weary traveller enjoys a cooked-to-order steak alone at the next table. Nearby, two girlfriends gossip over wine and share a cheese plate. And that's just the scene TRIA Executive Chef Timothy Enfield was going for. The signature restaurant of Dearborn's Henry Hotel is all about making people comfortable—with the setting, the service, and of course the food. Enfield was hired in June as head chef, when TRIA was just a little more than a year old. He has since revamped the entire menu, focusing on variety, freshness and sustainable cuisine. "Since we're inside a hotel, we want to have a diverse menu," Enfield explained. "We don't want to be pretentious…
The Dearborn staple is now open at 22501 Michigan Ave.
It's official: Dearborn Music has new digs. After 53 years in the same location, the store reopened its doors at 22501 Michigan Ave. on Monday, in the Newman Street plaza. Though staff are still settling inventory in at the new spot, customers are encouraged to stop by and keep shopping. Owner Rick LeAnnais announced the move in June, citing need for a smaller space and free parking as the major reasons. The store had been at its previous location, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street in downtown west Dearborn, for 53 years. There's no word on what will become of the now-empty corner spot, which is owned by local developer Hakim Fakhoury.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The chain of women's fashionable clothing is doing well in a new spot.
Dots used to be a place tweens and teens would go to find fashionable styles on a budget. But the chain's latest Dearborn store reaches out to a whole new demographic—20-somethings ready to go out on the town, or head to work. The new Dearborn store, at Fairlane Meadows, is located near Ford Road and Mercury Drive. Assistant Manager La'Jhay Sims said she and other staffers are loving the new location, and are coming out top in the region. "It's a good location because it's not small," she said of the store, which opened Oct. 18. "We cater to juniors and plus." The store is still affordable as Dots ever was, says Sims, but now stays more up-to-date with current fashion trends, like neon colors, blazers and houndstooth. The new store—twice …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The CD and record store has been part of Dearborn for more than 50 years.
Dearborn Music will likely be in its new space by the time the holiday shopping season rolls around. The west Dearborn store—which sells new and used records, CDs and DVDs, as well as music memorabilia—has been in its current location on the corner of Monroe and Michigan Avenue since 1959. Rick LeAnnais announced the store's impending move in June to a new location three blocks west on Newman Street. However, complications with the building and city approval delayed the move, which was originally expected to take place by the beginning of fall. Now, LeAnnais said, they're just waiting on the city to approve their certificate of occupancy. "We're hoping to get in during the next two weeks," he said. "It will be an easy transition from one …